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Beck: Norway camp smacks of 'Hitler Youth'

By the CNN Wire Staff
"Who does a camp for kids that's all about politics?" Glenn Beck asked Monday on his radio show.
"Who does a camp for kids that's all about politics?" Glenn Beck asked Monday on his radio show.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Who does a camp for kids that's all about politics? Disturbing," Beck says
  • There was no comment from Beck's representatives Monday night
  • An organization that Beck founded held political camps for youth this summer
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(CNN) -- In the wake of last week's massacre in Norway, U.S. conservative commentator Glenn Beck on Monday compared the summer camp where most of the 76 victims died to the Hitler Youth organization of Nazi Germany.

Beck, on his radio show, declared the killings "the work of a madman" and called the suspect "as bad as Osama bin Laden." But before launching into that condemnation, he questioned what the victims were doing at a summer camp run by Norway's ruling Labour Party.

Beck said the camp "sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler Youth or whatever. Who does a camp for kids that's all about politics? Disturbing."

However, politically-oriented camps are being organized in several U.S. states by chapters of the "9/12 Project" -- an organization founded by Beck himself in 2009.

The Colorado 9/12 Project hosted a "Patriot Camp" for kids in grades 1-5 earlier this month, featuring programs on "our Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and the values and principles that are the cornerstones of our nation."

And in August, the Danville, Kentucky, chapter is holding a "Vacation Liberty School" that organizers pledge "will help your children understand where we came from. Understand where we went wrong. Understand where the fork in the road was, and which path we should have taken."

The suspect in Friday's Norwegian massacre is a right-wing Norwegian who police say wanted to halt what he believed as the Islamic "colonization" of the country. But while condemning the attacks, Beck said he predicted last fall that Europe "is going to go into problems with radical Islam" and cited Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders as saying "Political correctness and multiculturalism is killing Europe, and he's right."

Attempts to contact Beck's representatives were unsuccessful Monday night. Beck recently left his hour-long show on Fox News Channel, but his radio program is still heard on 400-plus stations and he recently launched a web television venture, GBTV.

Before joining Fox, Beck hosted a show on CNN's sister network HLN.

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